A South African university residence contains a horrific ‘punishment room’ where men are forced to drink toxic concoctions and doused with ‘urine-like liquids’, reports have claimed.
A former first-year student at Stellenbosch University, in the Western Cape province – who resided at the Wilgenhof residence in 2022 – has revealed the appalling allegations in a 23-page document, according to News24.
The whistleblower says he left last year because he was ‘dead scared’ by the abuse experienced by pupils.
He recounted how members of the so called ‘Nagligte’ – meaning ‘night lights’ – served as ‘a disciplinary committee’ who ‘dressed like medieval executioners’.
They were said to force young men to stand in a line and take their clothes off.
A former first-year student at Stellenbosch University (pictured), in the Western Cape province – who resided at the Wilgenhof residence in 2022 – has revealed the appalling allegations in a 23-page document, according to News24
Last month, the outlet said staff at the university raided two rooms in Wilgenhof, where drawings seemingly showing ‘male sexual assault’ were found, along with a ‘toxic’ mixture said to induce diarrhoea – and ominious black hoods.
There was also an ‘indemnity form’ signed last year, allegedly authorising former Wilgenhof students to incite ‘boot camp-style’ exercises which may result ‘possible death’.
The student’s document also described a ‘Die Loop’ – meaning ‘The Run’ – which would take place on the first Tuesday of a new academic term and would ‘punish’ students who have been ‘crimed’ for a series of offences, but it is not clear what misdemeanors this would be for.
On the night itself – with people selected as onlookers to make sure no one from the University would catch on – students were allegedly forced to perform physical tasks while having insults and verbal abuse hurled at them.
The whistleblower revealed that in one incident, he was pulled out of bed at 4am and held down while older students ‘funnelled alcohol down his throat’.
Bizarrely, his account also described an a cappella group called Kraaie (the crows), who serenaded Wilgenhof members as well as ‘several ladies’ residences.
The document added that ‘as the year progressed, senior members of the Kraaie would, during singing sessions, randomly drop their pants and continue singing half exposed’.
A university insider speaking to News24 revealed that staff decided to investigate the rooms after worrying about the welfare of first-years – and that the whistleblower was interviewed by staff for six hours, before writing down his experiences.
A South African university residence contains a horrific ‘punishment room’ (pictured) where men are forced to drink toxic concoctions and doused with ‘urine-like liquids’, reports have claimed
South African TikToker Cool Story Bru made a video about the horrific claims, which now has more than 2.1 million views
South African TikToker Cool Story Bru made a video about the horrific claims, which now has more than 2.1 million views.
In his report, the influencer also mentioned that there were ‘strange photographs of drawings linked to the initiation at the res’ as well ‘disturbing dark robes and hoods’.
He also told followers that the residence contained a ‘punishment room’ which had ‘used condoms, broken eggshells, and writings on the walls’ in it.
MailOnline has reached out to Stellenbosch University and the Wilgenhof men’s residence for comment.
Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor at the university told FEMAIL: ‘As the Rector of this formidable institution, I want to assure all our staff, students, and parents that we are attending to the matter with the seriousness that it deserves within the approved policies and practices of our institution.’
In a statement to News24, a university spokesperson said: ‘While the articles seem to point to unacceptable practices in the residence, the panel considering the material must be given a fair chance to review all the material.
‘Therefore, Stellenbosch University cannot at this stage elaborate on the details of the items, since it is now the subject of a thorough review by the panel, which will advise the university on the further appropriate handling of this matter.’
He also added that leadership at the institution remain focused on ‘ensuring the human dignity of all our students, and we will continue unabated to eradicate unacceptable practices from our campuses and residences’.
Meanwhile, Wilgenhof told the outlet: As is often the case with historical artefacts, some of the contents could potentially give offence or be misunderstood if not explained in its correct historical context.
‘We have engaged with Stellenbosch University and offered to provide the necessary historical context in this regard. We have, however, not had sight of the archive materials and hence cannot comment on the contents comprehensively.’
According to its website Wilgenhof is ‘founded on the principles of Respect, Individuality, Sense of Community and Critical Thinking, informed by the pursuit of Excellence’.